The reports coming to our desk indicates Kismayo Internationa Airport Southern Somalia have refused to allow an Ethiopian plane to land this Monday, a witness said, amid heightened tensions between the federal government and the regional leadership ahead of elections scheduled for this Thursday.

This Saturday Somalia’s central government said on Saturday it would not recognize the result of an upcoming vote to elect a president of Jubbaland, a key battleground state for counter-terrorism operations, saying the candidates selection process violated the national constitution.

The Jubbaland election commission has said the vote would go ahead on Thursday despite the Central government sentiments and warning.

Some Security analysts say the dispute has the potential to cause friction between neighbouring Kenya and Ethiopia, long time allies each with significant numbers of peacekeepers in the Horn of Africa nation.

A staff member at Kismayo airport, who gave his name as Ismail, said the plane took off from Gode in southeastern Ethiopia and eventually landed in the Somali town of Baidoa. There was no clarity if the plane was civilian or military.

Our source who was at the Airport at the time of pre-landing said the plane wanted to land at Kismayo airport but was denied clearance because it never sent cearance information on time.

Its worth noting that the Incumbent Jubbaland President Ahmed Mohamed Madobe, who is also one of the president contender in this Election, is a key security partner for Kenya, while Ethiopia has grown closer to the federal government in Mogadishu in the last year.

This incident is developing at atime when Ethiopia intelligenceaand Interior Minister last week stormed Jubbaland president office with the aim of pursuading the Kismayu government to lift the burn imposed on central government officials from entering Jubbaland the request that was rejected by Jubbaland president Madobe.